HITS Daily Double
Before they take their show on the road later this spring supporting Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown and Jake Owen, LANco warmed up with a visit to TODAY’s studio on 4/18 to perform their latest single “Greatest Love Story” from the four-song debut EP. The single’s about to chart on Country radio and has thus far scored 10m + Spotify streams. Watch LANco on TODAY  here. 
EMI Nashville starlet-in-the-making Haley Georgia released the official music video for new single "Never Mine Nevermind" today. Watch the charming (and sassy) clip, directed by Jeff Venable, below.Georgia recently opened for Eric Paslay on select dates and is scheduled to perform at Stagecoach, CMA Fest and Lake Shake Music Festival this season. We've already begun cropping our tops and curling our hair (or what's left of it) in anticipation.
Jason Aldean’s sitting atop the Country charts for the 19th time with his single “Any Ol Barstool,” continuing a hot streak that recently earned him the ACM Entertainer of the Year award for the second straight year–one of only ten artists to accomplish the feat. “Barstool” is also the third #1 single from Aldean’s seventh studio album They Don’t Know, and a fourth may not be far behind, with the album’s title track on its way to radio. "'Any Ol Barstool' brought that classic country vibe I grew up on, so it’s pretty cool to me that my fans and Country radio took it to # 1," said Aldean. "We’ve worked up big moments around ‘Barstool’ and ’They Don’t Know’ and it’s made me even more ready to get back out on the road and see the fans.” Aldean kicks off his 58-date Jason Aldean: They Don’t Know Tour 4/27 at Toledo, Ohio’s Huntington Center.  
That voice is back. By which we mean both the glorious, lived-in instrument that is Chris Stapleton's vocal and his soul-deep songwriting, which has the uncanny ability to make a new tune seem like it's been around forever. "Broken Halos," the tantalizing instant-grat track now available from his forthcoming Mercury Nashville album, From a Room: Volume 1 (due 5/5), is no different. Check it out.    
2017 is shaping up as the year of Loretta Lynn. On the verge of turning 85, the unstoppable Queen of Country is revving it up with a new album and tour. On the heels of two sold-out birthday shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium 4/14 and 4/15, Lynn’s embarking on a 30-date tour to promote her new album, Wouldn’t It Be Great (Legacy Recordings), out 8/18. The new release shines a bright light on Lynn’s songwriting–her bread and butter since she arrived in Nashville in the 1960s with a notebook full of vivid, genre-changing tunes based on the hard truths her own life. The new album comes on the heels of 2016s Grammy-nominated Full Circle, her first album in more than a decade. Wouldn’t It Be Great weaves a tapestry of Lynn’s lengthy career. It unveils three new tracks, new recordings of recent favorites (“God Makes No Mistakes” from 2004’s Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose), as well as a dusting off of classics such as “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and the first of her 16 Country chart-toppers “Don’t Come Home ‘A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind).” "I think you try to do better with every record you put out," Lynn said of Wouldn't It Be Great. "It's just everyday living–and everybody wants to know, 'Well, what is it about your songs that people like?' I think you've got to tell your stories. I just think it hits everybody, you know, the songs.”  Lynn’s has sold 45 million records, won four Grammys, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame and countless other accolades. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is also celebrating Lynn's career this year. As part of a 50th anniversary commemoration, the museum is mounting an exhibition on the the Queen's life, art and music, starting 8/25.    
Brett James’ Nashville music publisher Cornman Music is opening a management division, CornMGMT. Former Cornman Music Creative Director Shea Fowler (right) will run the unit, and Rakiyah Marshall (below left) will replace Fowler as Creative Director. Fowler’s first client is Caitlyn Smith who was recently announced as one of Monument Records’ flagship artists at the label helmed by Jason Owen and Shane McAnally. Fowler has served as Creative Director at Cornman Music since 2012. She was previously an A&R Coordinator at Big Machine Label Group. Marshall was most recently part of the Republic Records radio promotion team and had previously spent two years in marketing at Verve Label Group. Cornman Music, a co-venture with Warner/Chappell, has a roster that includes Kip Moore, Justin Weaver, Steven Lee Olsen, Josh Mirenda, Nick Brophy and Josh Miller.    
Jim Catino has been upped to SVP, A&R at Sony Music Nashville, it was announced today by Chairman/CEO Randy Goodman.Catino, who most recently served as VP of A&R, has been with the company since the fall of 2001. Before that, he held positions at DreamWorks Music Publishing, Giant Records and MCA Music Publishing as part of a 22-year career in the biz.“I’m excited to be making this announcement today. Since arriving at Sony Music Nashville 21 months ago, I’ve been impressed with Jim’s ‘ears’ and sensibilities as well as the great Team that he’s built around him,” shared Goodman—who Catino, based in Nashville, will continue to report to. “He’s always looking to do the right thing as it relates to the artists and their music and has been the driver of some of our great, early successes.”At HITS, all we've been able to drive people to is "early retirement"... or jail.
The Grand Ole Opry’s chief tweeter Matt Brum has joined Big Machine Label Group as Director, Digital Strategy and Social Media. He will report to BMLG CMO Mike Rittberg and be responsible for engineering digital and social strategies for Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., BMLG Records and Nash Icon Records. “He lives the ‘digital world’ and we look forward to having his passion help drive our artists to the next level,” Rittberg said. Brum was formerly Social Media Manager for the Grand Ole Opry. “It has been my privilege to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry family and to be a part of the Opry story,” he said. “I am ecstatic to begin this new journey with Big Machine Label Group and to continue to build upon BMLG's solid foundation, innovative approach and unprecedented impact on our industry.”    
Details have emerged on Chris Stapleton’s next album, From A Room: Volume 1, which will be released 5/5—exactly two years after the release of Traveler—on Mercury Records Nashville and followed by a second volume later in the year. The album takes its name from Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, where it was recorded during the winter of 2016-17. Again produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave CobbVol. 1 features eight original songs as well as a rendition of “Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning,” written by Gary P. Nunn and Donna Sioux Farar and made famous by Willie Nelson. Stapleton recently premiered “Second One to Know” at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards;  “Either Way” is the album’s first single. ... Read more
Valory/BMLG's Thomas Rhett, still glowing from his ACM wins for Male Vocalist and Song of the Year, joins label pals and General Mills reps for the Outnumber Hunger launch event in Vegas. Rhett has been a spokesman for the charity for six years and touts its good works on packages of Cheerios, Cheetos and other General Mills products. Seen just before wondering how the cereal would taste with bourbon instead of milk are (l-r) BMLG SVP Creative Sandi Borchetta, label CEO Scott Borchetta, Rhett and General Mills' Kristin Merchant and Jay Piccanatto.
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